Schools Minister calls on music hubs to tackle disadvantage

Following a Department for Education (DfE) review of England’s network of 121 music hubs over the past year, Schools Minister Nick Gibb has called for progress in engaging students facing disadvantage, or tackling special educational needs. Gibb has made it clear, however, that no more funding will be allocated until at least 2020.

In a letter to Arts Council England's CEO, Darren Henley, Gibb wrote that “Social mobility is a key priority for the Government, and so we are looking at all our programmes to see how we can ensure they serve the needs of disadvantaged pupils and those from ordinary working families”.

Gibb has tasked ACE with supporting and challenging the hubs to “focus particularly on provision that is accessible and appropriate for disadvantaged pupils, those with disabilities and those with special educational needs”.

Rural hubs in particular have been calling for increased funding to match the higher costs they face.

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